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Health Evolution Institute

An Executive Development Program for the Industry's Highest Potential Leaders

Connect. Lead. Transform.

The Institute is an executive development program for a select cross-sector group of the industry’s highest potential leaders. The Institute will equip these leaders, who are creating and transforming health care in today’s uncommonly uncertain times, with the network, mindset and skills necessary to lead health care into the future.

Upcoming Gatherings:
October 17-19, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA (registration closed)
April 10-12, 2019 – Dana Point, CA
October, 2019 – Location TBD


For a decade, Health Evolution has convened the nation’s senior health care leaders, creating settings and forums to address critical issues, advance thinking and stay connected. We bring one of the world’s most experienced cross-sector community of experienced CEOs, advisors and discussion leaders to the table.

Participants will be change agents pushing to the highest levels in their organizations. They are among the key leaders considered critical for their organizations’ future, and are a part of the organization’s succession plan. They represent all key segments in health care–providers, payers, life science, innovators and investors.

Those interested must complete an application and provide a reference from their CEO; participants from technology companies who are CEOs do not require a reference.



Integrating the most critical health care issues with leadership advancement, Health Evolution’s Institute offers over 65 hours of learning and connecting with the nation’s foremost leaders.

  • Three two-day in-person meetings:
    1. October 17-19, 2018 in Philadelphia
    2. April 10-12, 2019 in Laguna (with select opportunities to join the Health Evolution Summit)
    3. October 2019, Northeastern US
  • Three one-hour video webinars, each exploring a real life example of a leadership challenge to create context around in-person sessions
  • Purposeful peer-to-peer connections across the Founding Class

We will deliver integrated continuous learning using an array of learning methods:

  • Case Studies
  • Role Playing
  • Personal Reflection
  • Story Telling
  • Simulations
  • Continuous Iteration
  • Cohort Interviews
  • Debate

Through the Institute, we will dive deep into critical issues, integrating our exploration of these issues with sessions that will also advance key leadership competencies:

  • Creating & managing change and disruption
  • Engaging in strategic thinking & navigating complexity
  • Collaborative relationship management
  • Defining & guiding culture
  • Policy & governance
  • Building teams

Participants will complete the program better equipped to lead health care organizations effectively in today’s uncommonly uncertain times. They will:

  • Advance their understanding of the most critical issues driving the industry and apply that understanding to strategy-setting in their organizations
  • Broaden their ability to assess and continually reassess strategies and innovation using a multi-sector lens
  • Augment their leadership experience through conversations with numerous deeply experienced CEOs
  • Gain insight into managing their own personal leadership journey and competencies
  • Develop a close national network of tomorrow’s health care leaders


Apply to Participate:

Applications for the 2018/2019 Founding Class of the Institute are closed. To express interest in the next Institute class, please email

Application Deadline:

The 2018/2019 class has reached capacity.

CEO Endorsement:

Participation requires an endorsement from your CEO. If you were nominated by your CEO or if you are a CEO, endorsement is assumed (see application page). If you were not, please have your CEO fill out the online endorsement form (completion time: 5 min).

Notification of Acceptance:

We are sensitive to your need to know your admission status and try our best to balance that with our admission process. At the latest, you will hear back three weeks after submitting a complete application. We will continue to accept applications until we have reached capacity.

Program Fees:

The cost is reduced for this Founding Class from $20,000 to $14,000 to recognize the impact this first class will have on the ongoing experience. Upon acceptance, payment details will follow.


    • Nancy Howell AgeeNancy Howell AgeePresident & CEO, Carilion Clinic
    • Bruce BodakenBruce BodakenSummit Chair & Institute CommitteeFormer Chairman & CEO, Blue Shield of California
    • Aneesh ChopraAneesh ChopraSummit ChairPresident, CareJourney
      Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer
    • Nan DeTurkNan DeTurkRetired EVP, CFO & Strategy, Highmark Health
    • Sean DuffySean DuffyCo-Founder & CEO, Omada Health
    • Brad FluegelBrad Fluegel Principal, BMF Advisors; former SVP, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Walgreens Clinic
    • Mark GanzMark GanzSummit ChairPresident & CEO, Cambia Health Solutions
    • Jason GorevicJason GorevicCEO, Teladoc
    • Stephen J. HemsleyStephen J. HemsleyCEO, United Health Group
    • Dan HilfertyDan HilfertyPresident & CEO, Independence Health Group
    • Karen HorganKaren HoganCo-Founder & CEO, VAL Health
    • Steve KlaskoSteve Klasko, MDPresident & CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
    • Bon KuBon Ku, MD, MPPAssistant Dean for Health and Design, Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Founder and director of JeffDESIGN
    • Steven S. MartinSteven S. MartinSummit ChairCEO Emeritus, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
    • Janice NevinJanice Nevin, MD. MPPPresident & CEO, Christiana Care Health System
    • Robert PuglieseRobert Pugliese, PharmDAssociate Dir, JeffDESIGN, The Sidney Kimmel Medical College
      Founding Director, Health Design Lab, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital
    • Mark D. SmithMark D. SmithSummit ChairFounding President, California Health Care Foundation
    • Lew TrowbridgeLew TrowbridgeChairmen & CEO
    • Paul TufanoPaul TufanoChairman & CEO, AmeriHealth Caritas
    • Kevin VolppKevin Volpp, MDProfessor of Health Care Management and Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), University of Pennsylvania
    • Krishna YeshwantKrishna YeshwantGeneral Partner, GV


October 17-19, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA
Institute participants will gather in Philadelphia at the Ritz-Carlton and other nearby venues to dive deep into critical leadership issues, advance key competencies and build the foundation for a lasting and powerful network of the industry’s senior leaders.
April 10-12, 2019 – Dana Point, CA
We will convene again in Dana Point, CA at the Monarch Beach Resort and the nearby Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Nigel to experience a unique cross-event agenda giving Institute participants the opportunity to join select experiences at our Summit.This gathering will feature intimate small-group, conversations with CEOs and discussion leaders from our Summit community.

The CEO has to be relentless about culture. Relentless.

Mark Ganz, Cambia Health Solutions

If I have one regret, it’s that I’m not 10 years younger. Because if I were, I could participate in the next exciting 10 years in health care.

Steve Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group

I think all leaders, even when you’re a CEO, need someone to talk to, and you should look for a mentor and safe place.

Nancy Howell Agee, Carilion Clinic

How many of you actually want to be managed? People want to be led, not managed. They want you to inspire them, train them, give positive advice. They want you to self-reflect. They don’t want you to manage them.

Steve Martin, BCBSNE